Regional: Capacity Development for Regional Cooperation in the People's Republic of China and Mongolia

Sovereign Project | 40674-012

Summary

The intended impact of the RETA is to strengthen the institutional and human capacity for regional cooperation of the governments of the PRC and Mongolia. The envisaged outcome of the RETA is more effective functioning of national focal points and/or national secretariats in the PRC and Mongolia, particularly with regard to policy planning, coordination, and strategic management of regional cooperation programs.

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Project Name Capacity Development for Regional Cooperation in the People's Republic of China and Mongolia
Project Number 40674-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6434-REG: Capacity Development for Regional Cooperation in the People's Republic of China and Mongolia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The intended impact of the RETA is to strengthen the institutional and human capacity for regional cooperation of the governments of the PRC and Mongolia. The envisaged outcome of the RETA is more effective functioning of national focal points and/or national secretariats in the PRC and Mongolia, particularly with regard to policy planning, coordination, and strategic management of regional cooperation programs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Regional cooperation is a prominent theme in the CPS (2008-2010) for the PRC. The Country Strategy and Program Update (2007?2009) for Mongolia also treats regional cooperation as a priority. Both the PRC and Mongolia strongly endorse the need to strengthen their participation in regional cooperation initiatives. In the GMS Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program Update and the CAREC Comprehensive Action Plan, capacity building and institutional strengthening is a cross-cutting theme.
Impact The human and institutional capacity for regional cooperation of the governments of the PRC and Mongolia will be strengthened.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The national focal points and/or national secretariats for regional cooperation in the PRC and Mongolia are functioning effectively in policy planning and coordination and strategic management of regional cooperation programs
Progress Toward Outcome The capacity for regional regional cooperation in both PRC and Mongolia have been strengthened through (i) development of strategies for regional cooperation for Mongolia and PRC's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province; (ii) conduct of in-country consultation and dialogues; (iii) training of government officials with responsibilities for regional cooperation; and (iv) hiring of national consultants (regional cooperation coordinator) to support the work of national secretariat for regional cooperation in both PRC and Mongolia.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Stronger coordination of regional initiatives at the country level

2. National and provincial strategies for regional cooperation programs

3. Studies to deepen regional cooperation conducted in selected sectors

4. Policy and project proposals for regional cooperation developed through consultations and workshops

5. A core group of senior and mid-level government officials responsible for regional cooperation programs trained

6. An international expert group for Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation Forum established

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The PRC in-country consultation workshops on regional coopeation were held in Kunming, Yunnan Province in July 2008, and in Beijing in June 2009 and May 2010 respectively. The Mongolian in-country consultation workshops were held in Ulaanbaatar in January 2009 and June 2010. These in-country consultations have helped the two countires improve internal policy dialogue and coordination, and strengthen their participation in the ADB-led RCI programs.

A PRC-Mongolia joint consultation workshop on regional cooperation was organized on 26-27 June 2011 to discuss issues of mutual interest and share information and experience about regional cooperation.

In-country regional cooperation coordinators for both PRC and Mongolia have been engaged to serve as focal point on regional cooperation and support the work of the national secretariat for regional cooperation in the two countries.

The regional cooperation specialist (PRC - national consultant) to develop the strategy for Yunnan Province started work in January 2009. An inception report was submitted in February 2009, and the draft final report on 30 June 2009. The final dissemination workshop was held on 10 October 2009, and the final report incorporporating comments from the government and ADB was submitted in November 2009.

The regional cooperation specialist (PRC - national consultant) to develop the strategy for PRC's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) started work in late February 2009. An inception report was submitted on 10 March 2009, and the draft final report on 20 June 2009. The final dissemination workshop was held in Hohhot on 13 November 2009, and the final report incorporporating comments from the government and ADB was submitted in December 2009.

The international regional cooperation specialist for developing Mongolia's national strategy was fielded and the inception meeting was held on 29 January 2009. The firt draft issues paper was submitted on 2 March 2009, and the draft final report was submitted on 28 April 2009. A workshop was organized on 23 June 2009 to disseminate findings and recommendations of the study.

A series of policy and project initiatives have been put forward by the two governments at the Senior Officials' Meetings and Ministerial Conferences of the GMS and/or CAREC. Some of the recommendations have been followed up by concrete investment projects - especially in Mongolia - such as South and Southeast Gobi border town development, supplenmentary financing for a road project to complete the missing link in the CAREC Corridor 4b, and a regional logistics development project in Zamyn-Uud.

PRC and Mongolian governments have jointly recommended to expand cooperation into new sectors, including in particular the quarantine and inspection. ADB will follow up with this proposal through new TAs.

The project supported the traing on regional cooperation for PRC local government officials from border provinces. The TA financed the training for MON customs officers on customs modernization in October 2010 at Shanghai Customs College, and training of Mongolian road carriers and forwarders on multimodal transport and logisticis in Shanghai Maritime University in June 2011.

The international expert group for Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation Forum has been set up, and so far four expert group meetings have been held. ADB nominated an expert who participated in all the meetings. At the expert group meeting held on 1-2 June 2011 in Beihai, PRC which was co-sponsored by ADB and PRC government, the feasibility study report on Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Cooperation was jointly endorsed. It was further agreed to submit the report for approval to ASEAN-PRC Economic Ministers' Meeting to be held in August 2011.

The TA is near completion and planned to be closed by December 2011.

Geographical Location PRC and Mongolia
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Project was designed at the request of and in consultation with the governments concerned.
During Project Implementation Local governments of the two countries, scholars, and private sector representatives were involved in implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 12 person-months international and 36 person-months national consultants will be required to provide advisory and technical services under the RETA. These include: (i) 6 person-months of international regional cooperation specialist(s) to assist in the development regional cooperation strategies for Mongolia and the PRC's Yunnan Province; (ii) 3 person-months of an international institutional development specialist to develop and implement capacity building and training activities; (iii) one international sector specialist for 3 person-months and two national sector specialists for a total of 6 person-months to conduct studies on regional cooperation in priority sectors to be identified in consultation with the governments of Mongolia and the PRC; and (iv) 30 person-months of two national in-country regional cooperation coordinators to work with NFPs/NSs of Mongolia and the PRC in coordinating various issues related to regional cooperation. The RETA will also engage some resource persons (international and national) specialized in regional cooperation. In view of the RETA's varied activities, consultants and resource persons will be selected and engaged by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on an individual basis in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2006, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Yuebin Zhang
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank Yuebin Zhangyzhang@adb.orgEast Asia Department
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Nov 2007
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2007 to 25 Mar 2007
MRM -
Approval 17 Dec 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 19 Dec 2007
Last PDS Update 14 Dec 2011

TA 6434-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Dec 2007 - 17 Dec 2007 31 Dec 2009 31 Dec 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00 17 Dec 2007 684,064.08

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